Some might have once considered life to be hard here within the Swabian Alb, but no one could say that it isn’t pretty. Combine the ultra beautiful Eselburger Valley countryside with some interesting history and you’ve got yourself Herbrechtingen.
Herbrechtingen is located near the Lonetal, once a prehistoric sea. Coral rock formations were once underwater and today you’re able to view them without any need for SCUBA gear. The Lonetal is also where you’ll find some of the oldest cave drawings known to man, dating back some 30-40 thousand years ago!
If you’re looking to get your heart racing, then rock climbing within the Eselsburger Tal Nature Preserve will do it. For the rest of us who’d rather not scale rock walls, then any of the walking and biking trails will do.
Look out for what’s known as the “Stone Virgins,” a stunning natural rock formation jutting out from the landscape. Sorry, there’s no climbing that one. But, there is a Walking Bus Tour that will make sure you get the most out of your trip.
Also within the Eselsburg Valley are the ruins of the 12th century Castle Falkenstein. The castle, built around 1150, has laid in ruins since the 17th century and the countryside encircling it only adds to its mysterious charm.
For more cerebral pursuits, then visiting the Cultural Center of the Monastery Herbrechtingen is in order. You might not guess that this timber framed building, that now houses a library and a school, was the site of an original 8th century monastery. Its original was destroyed during the Thirty Years’ War (1618-1648) and was rebuilt in 1666 to what you see today.
A visit to both the Danube-Swabia and Herbrechtingen’s Local History Museums will really give you an idea of what life was once like here within the Alb. Of course, if you’re lucky enough to come in July for the town’s City Celebration you’ll be able to party Swabian Style, too.
Who said, life was hard here on the Alb? :-)